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A very traditional style of pipe tobacco presentation providing a link with established craftsmanship of Irish tobacco blenders. Expensive top quality heavy bodied flue cured Virginias are purchased from established leaf auctions in Africa and Brazil. To this full natural flavoured tobacco is added aromatic burley to balance and smooth the blend. Conditioned with water, the blend is slowly pressed in large steam presses for several days to meld the rich and varied aromas. The cakes are then divided into plug form, allowing the smoker to cut it and rub it out to his own preference.

BrandScandinavian Tobacco Group (STG)
Blended ByMurray Sons & Co, Ltd
Manufactured ByScandinavian Tobacco Group
Blend TypeAromatic
ContentsBurley, Virginia
FlavoringOther / Misc
Packaging50 grams pouch
ProductionNo longer in production
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Medium, Medium to Strong
Extremely Mild, Very Mild, Mild
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JimInks Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
JimInks (3004)
Medium Medium Medium Very Pleasant

The strong nutty, earthy sweet burley competes for attention with the very earthy, citrus and fruit attributes of the African and Brazilian Virginias. They also offer the slightest hint of grass. The toppings, which I think include a little tonquin as well as honey, and a little fruit, are very sweet. They sublimate and mute the strength of the tobaccos to some extent, though the toppings weaken just a mite after the half way point, and then I tend to notice more tobacco flavor, particularly the burley. Has a medium nic-hit. The plug is hard pressed and needs a little work to suit whatever your preference is. The pressing also creates a fermented sweetness to the product. The tobacco may need a little dry time. Burns slow, requires a fair amount of relights, but doesn’t leave much moisture in the bowl. Has a very pleasant after taste and the room note won’t scare people away. Not an all day smoke, but one that bears repeating if it’s something you enjoy.


14 people found this review helpful.

Pipestud Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipestud (1829)
Strong Mild to Medium Full Pleasant

This plug was from a tin that had to be 30 years or so old. I snatched it off Ebay and while the tin was very rusted, the tobacco within was in good shape.

I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone other than those here who enjoy a powerful Virginia/Burley blend with plenty of extra flavoring added. And frankly, whatever casing was added to this stuff has fermented or something, because I smelled a true rotten fruit odor when the lid was lifted.

I needed a power saw for this Murray's Plug. Once loaded in a very small bowled Ruthenberg, I lit up and was immediately socked in the face by a strength of leaf and fullness of flavor I have seldom encountered. Overwhelming on both counts. I tasted a somewhat burnt toast type of flavor with an extremely ripe and fruity sort of aftertaste.

Although not certain, I think I may have managed a full bowl before sliding off the couch onto the floor. My oldest son (twice my size) said he then carted me off to my bedroom after wiping sweat off my forehead and drool from my mouth.

11 people found this review helpful.

rollyourowntobacco Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
rollyourowntobacco (9)
Medium to Strong Mild Medium Tolerable

Edit: It appears this tobacco, along with a few others have changed recently in Ireland. Yachtsman Plug seem the have gotten rid of the sweetness and settled on a raw tobacco flavour, I don't know if it's better off for it, but it's certainly not worse off. Think a raw flavour a la Irish flake, though not as refined. There's too few pipe tobaccos, in my opinion, that concentrate on getting a raw flavour, everything's got this additive or that, so it's a welcome change of pace

Still recommended.


This is the best OTC tobacco in Ireland at the minute, If you're a budding Irish pipe smoker and you want to know where to start, you can't go wrong with this. It's a consistent lengthy smoke, it's got strength without being overpowering with a subtle sweet flavoring on the retrohale, and a medium nic hit

4 stars, recommended

Pipe Used: Various

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Local shop

4 people found this review helpful.

hawky454 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
hawky454 (107)
Mild to Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant

Excellent Irish Plug not unlike Warrior Plug and Mcquaid Plug. It has a nice treacle topping and can sometimes remind me of Stonehaven in that regard. I was gifted this by a forum friend last Christmas along with some vintage Condor Plug and the original Warrior Plug from the 80’s, both of which were just phenomenal. Anyway, if you’re a fan of traditional plugs head over to the James Fox site and order yourself some.


Pipe Used: Stanwell

Age When Smoked: 1 year

Similar Blends: Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Warrior Plug, , Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) - Mick McQuaid Plug.

4 people found this review helpful.

p120d16y Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
p120d16y (22)
Mild to Medium Mild to Medium Medium to Full Pleasant to Tolerable

A rich and smooth VaBur plug with some sweetness from what smells and tastes like a treacle and honey combination. Much the same as I recall Warrior Plug's flavoring and profile to be like, although I haven't had that one in a few years. Also very similar to McQuaid although different component tobaccos and not as much casing as Mick McQuaid. A good medium body of nicotine but not too strong and seemingly smokes smoother in a smaller to medium sized bowl. The smoke can get a little bitter if you push it to get too hot. A solid, very dense plug of the Irish tradition and so similar to these other Irish plugs. Nutty burley with a smooth and sweet Virginia that is balanced just right with molasses an possibly honey and worth a try for the plug or Virginia/Burley fan.

Pipe Used: briars

Age When Smoked: Possibly up to a year or so of age but fairly new

Purchased From: Vendor at the NASPC pipe show

Similar Blends: Other Irish plugs such as Warrior Plug and Mick McQuaid..

3 people found this review helpful.

StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (2071)
Medium to Strong Mild to Medium Medium Pleasant

Murray & Son - Yachtsman Plug.

It's a bit tricky for me to work out how to rate this; I HATE how hard it is to get prepared, yet I do enjoy the smoking quality from it.

Some plugs feel pretty loosely compacted, they'd almost qualify as being a Krumble Kake. Others are so firm they could be used to build a house with; that's what we have here: very solid, pretty dark, and unbelievably hard to cut.

Even though it's badged as an Aromatic, there's absolutely no falseness to the pouch's aroma, nor does it smell particularly aromatic once it's been chopped up.

For the first five minutes, the smoke has the same attribute: aside from the tobacco's, there's no extra taste. It takes a good few puffs for any flavouring to come through, and when it does, to me, a honey flavour's on top. There's also floral, fruit, and alcoholic notes, but these takes a little longer to appear.

I'd say the nicotine sits at about medium, unless deliberately inhaled, then it veers more towards being strong.

The burn from YP is good: easily initiated, medium temperature, and very steady.

Would I add Yachtsman Plug to my rotation? No, it's far too tricky to prepare. I value my time more than wanting to spend it chopping, slicing, and dicing! The quality of the smoke's really good though. If it wasn't for the time it takes to get it prepared, it would be a four star blend, but as it takes so long, I think three stars is about fair.


Pipe Used: Mastro Cascia

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: James Fox

3 people found this review helpful.

Steerpike Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Steerpike (147)
Medium Very Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

A good example of the Irish tradition of plug tobacco: a robust Virginia & Burley nugget with a discrete casing.

The plug is dark and very dense indeed, but coming quite moist is easy to carve shavings off for the pipe if your penknife is sharp. I've not had to dry them at all after rubbing to get an even burn with no relights, but I do cut shavings with very thin edges, which seems to act as kindling.

It takes the flame easily, and the initial flavour is quite mild, building in intensity as the bowl progress. The flavour is nutty and a little sweet, with hints of rye bread. There's someone a hint of sourness which I think comes from some fruit juice used in the casing, but apart from that the casing is very subtle indeed, blending into the tobacco flavours. The overall impression is of a very natural tasting tobacco. It burns to a bit of dottle, and I can relight and smoke just about all of it without it tasting off. Tongue bite is impossible, and it burns cool.

It goes well with a stout or porter, and could be an all day smoke if you like smoking all day. Personally I have a pipe a day, sometimes two or three if I'm on holiday, but this is the sort of tobacco which doesn't demand too much attention so ideal for use in the workshop or out walking.

It seems this is still available in Ireland, along with Condor plug, both in plain packaging now. I'll buy it again if I'm over there, as these are the last survivors of the Irish tradition. Mick McQuaid was better, and Condor is more heavily scented. Yachtsman is very well made and well with a try if you want to experience a national tradition of tobacco making (albeit this is now made in Scandinavia) which may not be about much longer.

Pipe Used: Peterson Zulu, Civic sandblast, falcons

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: Petersons in Dublin

Similar Blends: Mick McQuaid, Warrior plug.

2 people found this review helpful.

Pipemanuk Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Pipemanuk (76)
Medium Mild Medium Pleasant

3 stars for this. It was very pleasant but not up in the heavens like the truly wonderful Mick Mcquaid plug. It was discontinued for a while but thankfully it is now available again. James Fox has them on their web site in Ireland. It's a rich, very traditional plug, in the navy tradition of British tobacco. It lacks any top flavouring and doesn't suffer either. Not as strong in my opinion as Warrior plug. Goes well with a morning coffee whilst perusing this site.

2 people found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

Murray's. Yachtsman. Navy Plug.

True to its Navy roots, this plug refuses to cooperate in rubbing out to anything closely resembling a ribbon or shag when sliced thinly and aggressively rubbed out. You get chunks, and by God you will like these chunks. Period. No debate.

This one also has its Irish roots hard wired into its DNA.

Somewhat akin to Peterson's Irish Flake in strength, density and composition. A wee bit of flavoring not apparent in Pete's offering, but not an intense "granny's panties" topping (not that I'd know anything about that comparison from personal experience).

A nice, pleasant addition to very good tobacco, very compressed in texture. Lights well, burns very slowly. No bite.

A nautical bit of weed if there ever was one. Aptly named. With its coarse texture, perfect seasoning and impeccable breeding, this is THE tobacco for smoking while pursuing an afternoon's relaxation on the water...

...or sitting on your ass reviewing pipe tobacco while sipping a lovely beverage. Once this weed reaches cruising altitude, it produces huge clouds of wonderful smoke. Just don't attempt to tame this beast with a dull knife, a shortage of matches or a bad attitude.

Very nice plug offering.

2 people found this review helpful.

Jacinto Cupboard Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Jacinto Cupboard (209)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium Pleasant

Not even close to being an aromatic (thankfully).

The casing seems to me to be mostly some kind of sugar syrup, with possibly the vaguest hint of tonquin. And I mean just a hint.

The base tobaccos are probably much the same as most of the other plugs that STG brought into their portfolio. Mostly Va with some burley and a splash of fire cured leaf. It's good stuff. Smokes cool and slow and is easy to prepare and look after once lit.

I slice this across the grain and across the grain again to make a cube cut. No dramas at all.

Good, no nonsense pipe tobacco of a type we might not see around for much longer.

1 person found this review helpful.

DrT999 Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
DrT999 (317)
Medium Extremely Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

In terms of the tobacco, a moderate, darkish flavor, rather more burley-like than VA. The casing defeated me for a while, as this seems to pick up ghosts more easily than most, so I finally tried a new clay and got a very light berry flavor.

The plug is fairly easy to carve up and cut down. Once done, it takes a light about the same as the average plug, and stays lit very well although often as a low smoulder. Not an amazing plug, but well worth trying if you come across it.

Pipe Used: briars, meerschaums, a cob and a clay

Age When Smoked: just after arrival

Purchased From: James Fox

1 person found this review helpful.

eamonclever Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
eamonclever (48)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Tolerable

I never had the chance to get hold of this plug before. I love flakes and plugs, my big favorite at the moment is PPP. This is why I have my problems with this tobacco now. Compared to PPP this is an old fashioned tobacco, but not in a bad way. It is heavy and bold. No problem smoking it - this is very easily ongoing smoking experince no matter which bowl I´m using. The quality of leaf is very good, handling of the chunk is as always with plugs a question of experience and preferences, whether you fold it or rub it out completely. So there is no diffenrence. The differnce comes up with mouthfeel, the reaction of your nosedrills - i definitely love va tobaccos, I also like the heavy englisch mixtures with bright latakia in it - maybe it is the burley I dislike in this mixture. Not bad at all - but not right for me at the moment. If you don´t have already tasted Mick or PPP this is propably the best choice to start with smoking plug tobacco. So recommended for experienced smokers, not for newbies.

1 person found this review helpful.

kg0mz Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
kg0mz (54)
Medium to Strong Extremely Mild Medium to Full Pleasant

I came upon this plug and the Tobacconist James Barber via the Internet.

A more refined plug than say, Cob or Cannon. It could be mistaken for a fudge brownie by a small child, except for the rich tobacco aroma and there are no walnuts. It is dense and moist so whittling isn't what you do, but it cuts with a utility knife. Not gooey, but close to that. Rubbing out seemed a daunting task, so I teased it to a reasonable texture. I didn't dry it and, no, it doesn't stain the fingers.

Sweet tobacco. I detected no Lakeland essence. The burn is cool and dry. Some plugs and twists turn hard, almost charcoal-like in the bowl. This stayed spongy as I tamped the powdery ash on my way down. Here is just the right blend of burley and African and Brasilian virginias to create a naturally sweet and flavorful smoke. Delicious. No bite potential. In no way harsh. A pleasant smoke as only plugs can deliver.

07/27/09 UPDATE: I am revising some of my reviews. I have given out more 4 star ratings than anything else. That practice is probably not helping. So, I am reducing Yachtsman Plug to 3 stars, not because I like it less than I did before, but because I am limiting 4 stars to fewer than 25% of all my reviews. One day I may use the 4 star rating to designate my top five.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium to Strong Very Mild Full Pleasant to Tolerable

update: going through my reviews here, i find that i'll have to downgrade a good deal of the praise i've given so many blends. 4 stars should, i feel, be reserved for the blends i find truly exceptional. so, this is downgraded a bit. end update.

slightly edited review, based on smoking it back-to-back with warrior plug:

this, on the whole, is very similar to warrior plug. they're so close that i suspect the blends in themselves are almost identical with the only real difference being the light flavouring. like warrior plug, this is first of all baked, fermented virginia with perhaps a bit less burley added, and a bit more pronounced berry (plus a smidgen tonquin-) flavour.

it is good! smokes slow and cool, with deep fermented virginia notes and a little sweetness peeping through.

i find it rather strange that warrior plug is described by the manufacturer as being more flavoured than this. perhaps the blends are different from what they used to be in their murray days, as they're now both probably made by orlik.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Strong Mild Mild to Medium Pleasant

It's a plug! A very dense, dark, moist block of solid tobacco - not an aromatic but there's a rich and very pleasing caramel/toffee/butterscotch smell with a background of - something like - cooked black cherries. You do need a sharp knife but once sliced I found it rubbed out rather easily into moist tangled strands. It would probably benefit from a bit of time to dry - but I just stuff it in and spark up (& it burns fine). There's not much of the fruit note in the pipe, something of a (what I'm learning to describe as) Lakeland soapy floral beginning - but it's not like smoking a bar of Imperial Leather - and this fades at once. I'd agree with the noted similarity to Peterson's Irish Flake. There's no bite; there are no complicated aromatic arabesques - it's a fine straightforward tobacco; there's a healthy dose of vitamin N and the smoke is cool and plentiful. It's not, to my mind, quite as yummy and powerful as Irish Flake but it's a perfectly fine alternative to it.

1 person found this review helpful.

Emeritus Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Emeritus Account (30125)
Medium Very Mild Medium Pleasant


I used the Stein Method on this tobacco, ie chopping it up really fine, and just gravity fill the pipe, gently tapping the bowl for the tobacco to settle.

alot of more flavor is now apparent, even though the pipe gets a bit hotter. Taste is now at medium, and I have to up it to *

ORIGINAL review follows:

Me and Pipestud must have gotten completely different tobaccos.

The one I recieved is a mild, slightly sweet VA/Bur. A bit dissapointing since I got this entierly on the review submitted here ;)

The burn characteristics of this tobacco is truly outstanding. The room note is quite nice.

A sharp knife is needed to cut the plug, since it is quite stubborn.

I bought two plugs, I have smoked one of them, and I will gladly smoke the other one. Don't know if I will buy another though. Not because of this being bad in any way, just not my cup of tea.

1 person found this review helpful.